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Unread 06-13-2011, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hondo II Les Paul copy

Wondering if anyone on the Forum has any thoughts about the Hondo II copies.
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Unread 06-13-2011, 07:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

Hondo was the butt of many jokes when I started playing guitar in the late 70s. Their guitars run the gamut from insanely crappy to not half shabby on the upper end. Some, like the professional series, where made in Japan I believe and have set necks. Hondo is a brand that would have to be approached on an example basis so a picture of the model would help people to help you determine if it's a clunker or not. From the mid-level on up most examples can be set up to play pretty decently so if its cheap enough it might be worth investigating further.
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

I have had Hondos and Memphis Lp's and loved them both very much when I was younger. But as said above they are on a piece by piece basis. How much is the one you are looking at.
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

I hope this link will get you there!? 1974 Hondo II Les Paul w/case - (lawsuit copy)
& this should be the second one1984 Hondo II Les Paul w/case (cherry sunburst)
Shoot me your thoughts!!
A local pawn shop has an Epi Standard I could probably get for $300, & it's in really good shape
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

Dude I learned how to play on a Hondo just like the first one. Beware not all of them have solid caps as in a few wood braces under them to support the very thin laminate. Tap the hell out of the top before you buy. Just saying. I think there was a polish a turd thread where a guy encountered this with a similar guitar. Also find out the weight of the guitar as well that would probably be a good indicator. But they are fun as hell. The price seems a little steep though for a Hondo
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

Some Hondo II's came stock with Dimarzio pickups. They can be made into good players after replacing the cheap original hardware.
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

Be warned, some of those low end "humbuckers" might be single coils under the big cover, I've seen it before. You can get some cool sounds out of them but if you really want a LP type guitar rather than just a LP looking guitar they will disappoint.
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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

Just joined!

Purchased one in the 70's and stored it after LP custom purchase. Dragged it out tonight after 15-20 years, re-tuned the same strings, removed some dust and WOW, it still knocks the hell out of many guitars and sounds great, same action, neck movement nil. (cherry with dimarzios).

Do guitar strings last this long?

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Re: Hondo II Les Paul copy

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action, neck movement nil. (cherry with dimarzios).

Do guitar strings last this long?
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